How Much Walking Do Basset Hounds Need?


Keeping a healthy and happy Basset Hound can be quite the job, especially if you are a first-time Basset owner. When I first got my Basset Hound, I immediately noticed that my pup is lazy and tries to avoid daily walks at all costs. But, having a lazy pup does not mean that you have to leave it be. Basset Hounds require daily exercises according to their age and the daily quota has to be met. But, exactly how much walking do Basset Hounds need?

How Much Walking Do Basset Hounds Need?
Dog BreedAgeDaily Exercise Needed
Basset HoundUnder a year30 minutes of walking, no running
Basset Hound1-Year old30-60 minutes of walking, 5-10 minutes of running
Basset Hound2-Years old30-60 minutes of walking, 5-10 minutes of running
Basset Hound3-Years old30-60 minutes of walking, 5-10 minutes of running
Basset Hound4-Years old30-60 minutes of walking, 5-10 minutes of running
Basset Hound5-Years old30-60 minutes of walking, 5-10 minutes of running
Basset Hound6-Years old30-60 minutes of walking, 5-10 minutes of running
Basset Hound7-Years old30-60 minutes of walking, 5-10 minutes of running
Basset Hound8-Years old20-40 minutes of walking, 5 minutes of running
Basset Hound9-Years old20-40 minutes of walking, 5 minutes of running
Basset Hound10-Years old10-30 minutes of walking, no running
Basset Hound11-Years old10-30 minutes of walking, no running
Basset Hound12+ Years old10-30 minutes of walking, no running

How Much Walking Do Basset Hound Puppies Need?

Dog BreedAgeDaily Exercise NeededIdeal WeightIdeal Height
Basset HoundUnder a year of age30 minutes of walking, no running3-55 lb5-11 inches

A Basset Hound puppy under a year of age should get 30 minutes of walking and no running. It’s kind of hard to keep a Basset hound puppy from running, but at least do not encourage him to run. Basset Hound puppies will reach up to 60% of their mature size in the first year. It is crucial that you feed your Basset Hound according to his age to make sure that his bones and joints are healthy. If you encourage your Basset Hound to run, he might get hurt because his bones and joints are still developing and gaining strength.

As soon as you get your Basset Hound puppy, you should start with Obedience Training. The obedience training will get your Basset puppy to learn how to walk on a leash. It will be easier to get the required daily 30 minutes of walking once you go through the obedience training. At this stage of life, Basset hound puppies will get bored easily. You should always bring his favorite toys while walking. If your pup gets bored, show him the toy and continue to walk.

How Much Walking Do 1-Year-Old Basset Hounds Need?

Dog BreedAgeDaily Exercise NeededIdeal WeightIdeal Height
Basset Hound1 Year old30-60 minutes of walking, 5-10 of running40-60 lb11-13 inches

A 1-year-old Basset Hound should get 30-60 minutes of walking and 5-10 minutes of running each day. At only 1 year of age, your Basset Hound will grow up to 65% of its mature size. Getting the required amount of walking and running will ensure that your Basset Hound puppy will grow into a healthy and happy mature dog.

The ideal weight of a 1-year-old Basset Hound is 40-60lb, and the ideal height is 11-13 inches. You can fulfill the daily quota of 30-60 minutes of walking by simply going around the block. The running part can be tricky because naturally, Basset Hounds are laid-back and lazy dogs. You might be able to interest your Basset Hound into running by activating his hunting instincts, something like hiding a treat behind a tree or in a bush.

Basset Hounds are prone to getting overweight, so make sure that you are walking your 1-year-old Basset hound 30-60 minutes each day and make him run for at least 5-10 minutes. At this age, the Basset Hound can develop separation anxiety, and the best way to deal with separation anxiety is to tire your Basset so he won’t have that much energy to think about you leaving your home.

How Much Walking Do 2-Year-Old Basset Hounds Need?

Dog BreedAgeDaily Exercise NeededIdeal WeightIdeal Height
Basset Hound2 Years old30-60 minutes of walking, 5-10 of running40-65 lb11-15 inches

A 2-year-old Basset Hound should get 30-60 minutes of walking and 5-10 minutes of running each day. At this age, the Basset Hound is fully grown. His/her ideal weight should be 40-65 lb and ideal height 11-15 inches. To have a happy and healthy 2-year-old Basset Hound, you must spend 30-60 minutes walking and 5-10 minutes of running each day, without skipping a day. Basset Hounds can easily get over 65lb and become obese. That’s why it’s important to feed your Basset Hound according to his age and to ensure that the daily quota of walking/running is met.

When my Basset Hound was 2 years of age, I found him a friend. It was a high-energy Malteser that just couldn’t stop running. My Basset loved playing with him. We often brought a frisbee and sticks in the park and I would just throw them and my Basset will go and get them. If you don’t have time to take your Basset to the park, spend the required 30-60 minutes walking and going around the block.

How Much Walking Do 3-Year-Old Basset Hounds Need?

Dog BreedAgeDaily Exercise NeededIdeal WeightIdeal Height
Basset Hound3 Years old30-60 minutes of walking, 5-10 of running40-65 lb11-15 inches

A 3-year-old Basset Hound needs 30-60 minutes of walking and 5-10 minutes of running every day. At this age, the Basset Hound has already reached its maximum height of 15 inches and weight of around 65 lb. You should keep an eye on the weight because Basset Hounds can easily become obese. That is why it’s super important to spend 30-60 minutes walking and 5-10 minutes running every day in order to keep your Basset Hound healthy and happy. If you notice that your Basset is becoming obese even though you are taking him on daily walks, see if you are properly feeding your Basset hound according to his age.

The Basset Hound is a natural hunter. There are some courses like scent working that will keep your Basset satisfied. Plus, he will get the required daily amount of walking and running. Please stay away from hiking and outdoor activities that require a lot of jumping because Basset Hounds have fragile backs and joints. A simple walk around the block combined with a short run will be enough to keep them happy and healthy.

How Much Walking Do 4-Year-Old Basset Hounds Need?

Dog BreedAgeDaily Exercise NeededIdeal WeightIdeal Height
Basset Hound4 Years old30-60 minutes of walking, 5-10 of running40-65 lb11-15 inches

A 4-year-old Basset Hound needs 30-60 minutes of walking and 5-10 minutes of running each day. Playing fetch in the dog park or walking around the block is enough to keep your 4-year-old Basset Hound healthy and satisfied. If you don’t have time to take your Basset out on a daily walk, you are risking him becoming overweight and unhealthy. You can invest in a treadmill and complete the daily quota of exercise at home. It really doesn’t matter how you do it, only that you must do it.

Basset Hounds get along perfectly fine with other dogs. This means that you can introduce your Basset to your friend’s dogs and take them both out in the dog park. Having a play buddy will keep him interested in physical activity. You can also try lure coursing or scent work. My Basset Hound loved when I took him on a lure coursing. This is because they are natural hunters. They love chasing prey and digging holes. Although Basset Hounds are not considered house pets, it’s good to reconnect them with their old ways of life.

How Much Walking Do 5-Year-Old Basset Hounds Need?

Dog BreedAgeDaily Exercise NeededIdeal WeightIdeal Height
Basset Hound5 Years old30-60 minutes of walking, 5-10 of running40-65 lb11-15 inches

A 5-year-old Basset Hound required 30-60 minutes of walking and 5-10 minutes of running each day. At this age, your Basset Hound will weigh around 40-65 lb and will stand at 11-15 inches of height. Most Basset Hounds live 10-12 years and a 5-year-old Basset Hound is considered to be in the middle of his life. I am saying this because once Basset reaches 5 years of age, his metabolism will only further slow down, making him prone to obesity. With the correct diet according to his age and 30-60 minutes of walking and 5-10 minutes of running, your Basset Hound will stay at the ideal weight and will be happy and healthy.

Signing up your Basset Hound for lure coursing or scent work will not only get him the required amount of exercise but will also keep him happy for days! Avoid any exercises that require jumping or any type of exercise that might put extra pressure on their joints and backs. If you work 9-5, take your 5-year-old Basset Hound on a night walk around the block. That will be enough to keep him happy and more importantly healthy.

How Much Walking Do 6-Year-Old Basset Hounds Need?

Dog BreedAgeDaily Exercise NeededIdeal WeightIdeal Height
Basset Hound6 Years old30-60 minutes of walking, 5-10 of running40-65 lb11-15 inches

A 6-year-old Basset Hound needs 30-60 minutes of walking and 5-10 minutes of running every day. The ideal weight of a 6 years Basset Hound is 40-65 lb and 11-15 inches in height. Keep a close eye on his weight because as he dives into the second half of his life, his metabolism will slow down. If your Basset Hound becomes overweight, do not force him to run a lot. You should find the perfect balance between diet according to age and daily walks.

A perfectly healthy 6-year-old Basset Hound can withstand walking 30-60 minutes per day and running 5-10 minutes. However, if you notice that your Basset is getting more tired than usual, cut back on the daily exercises and talk to a vet. It is easier for Basset Hounds to get some type of injury as they are getting older.

How Much Walking Do 7-Year-Old Basset Hounds Need?

Dog BreedAgeDaily Exercise NeededIdeal WeightIdeal Height
Basset Hound7 Years old30-60 minutes of walking, 5-10 of running40-65 lb11-15 inches

A 7-year-old Basset Hound needs 30-60 minutes of walking and 5-10 minutes of running each day. This amount of daily exercise will keep your Basset Hound happy and healthy. Most importantly, this amount of daily exercise will keep your Basset hound in the ideal weight range of 40-65 lb. If you notice that your Basset Hound is gaining weight, even though he never skipped his daily exercises, it’s time to switch his diet and start feeding your Basset Hound according to his age.

As your Basset Hound ages, it will be harder and harder to fulfill the daily exercise quota. It is important to keep your Basset Hound interested. When my Basset was 7 years of age, I often brought a lot of healthy snacks that kept him going. Also, reconnecting with his ancestral through sniffing, digging, and chasing prey is a great way to keep him healthy and satisfied.

How Much Walking Do 8-Year-Old Basset Hounds Need?

Dog BreedAgeDaily Exercise NeededIdeal WeightIdeal Height
Basset Hound8 Years old20-40 minutes of walking, 5 minutes running40-65 lb11-15 inches

An 8-year-old Basset Hound needs 20-40 minutes of walking and 5 minutes of running every day. Being 8 years of age is considered senior in Basset Hounds years because they only get to live 10-12 years. Once your Basset Hound reaches the age of 8, you need to keep an eye on his health and weight. Make sure that your 8-year-old Basset Hound is getting 20-40 minutes of walking each day and 5 minutes of running. When I say 5 minutes of running, I do not mean sprinting. I mean that you need to get your senior Basset hound interested in some prey chasing that will make him jog at his own pace. This will not only be good for his physical health, but also for his mental health.

Basset Hounds are prone to gaining weight. That’s why it’s important to feed your Basset Hound according to his age. If he becomes even slightly overweight, walking will put extra pressure on his already fragile joints and he might refuse to walk for 20-40 minutes. Bring some healthy snacks just in case to bribe him into walking.

How Much Walking Do 9-Year-Old Basset Hounds Need?

Dog BreedAgeDaily Exercise NeededIdeal WeightIdeal Height
Basset Hound9 Years old20-40 minutes of walking, 5 minutes of running40-65 lb11-15 inches

A 9-year-old Basset Hound requires 20-40 minutes of walking and 5 minutes of running each day. The ideal weight for a 9-year-old Basset Hound is 40-65 lb. You need to do your best to make sure that your 9-year-old Basset Hound is not weighing more than 65 lb. As far as the daily walks and running, it will be hard. I’ve been through this phase and let me tell you, the daily exercise might include you carrying your 65 lb Basset Hound. As Bassets get older, they become even lazier.

I used to go to the park and just hope to complete the 20-40 minute daily walking quota. Many times I would end up carrying my Basset hound to the car. But I never gave up because there were days when he wanted to continue walking even after a 40-minute run.

My point is, don’t give up if your 9-year-old Basset Hound refuses to go for a walk once. Bring some healthy snacks like vegetables, strawberries, or bananas. As much as they hate walking, you will be able to bribe your pup with some snacks.

How Much Walking Do 10-Year-Old Basset Hounds Need?

Dog BreedAgeDaily Exercise NeededIdeal WeightIdeal Height
Basset Hound10 Years old10-30 minutes of walking, no running40-60 lb11-15 inches

A 10-year-old Basset Hound requires 10-30 minutes of daily walking and no running. At this age, Basset Hounds tend to be fragile, and pushing them above a 30-minute walk might cause pain and discomfort in their joints and back. It is important that you don’t allow your 10-year-old Basset Hound to weigh more than 60 lb. Being overweight can cause a lot of additional health problems to an already old dog.

When my Basset Hound was 10 years of age, I would only take him out on a walk around the block. In the winter, we would walk at noon when it was the hottest and in summer we would walk at night when it was the coldest. If you live in a place where it gets very cold, you can put on a jacket that will keep your Basset Hound warm.

How Much Walking Do 11-Year-Old Basset Hounds Need?

Dog BreedAgeDaily Exercise NeededIdeal WeightIdeal Height
Basset Hound11 Years old10-30 minutes of walking, no running40-60 lb11-15 inches

An 11-year-old Basset Hound requires 10-30 minutes of walking each day and no running. It is okay if your 11-year-old Basset hound starts running at his own pace, I am only saying that you shouldn’t encourage any running at this stage of their life because they might injure themselves.

An 11-year-old Basset Hound will often refuse to walk and will want to stay at home. You will need to bribe them with some snacks or bring their favorite toys to the park. It is super important to at least get 10-30 minutes of walking each day to keep them as healthy as possible.

How Much Walking Do 12+ Year Old Basset Hounds Need?

Dog BreedAgeDaily Exercise NeededIdeal WeightIdeal Height
Basset Hound12+ Years old10-30 minutes of walking, no running40-60 lb11-15 inches

A 12+ Years old Basset Hound requires at least 10-30 minutes of walking each day and no running. Running at this age will not occur very often, probably never. If your Basset Hound reaches 12 years of age, it means that he lived a happy and healthy life. You have done a great job taking care of your Basset Hound. In his final years of life, no matter how sad it is to watch him struggle, make sure that you at least get him on 10-30 minutes walks. Bring some snacks and toys that will aid you in this adventure.

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